RAZEN (°2010, B) live and work in Brussels, www.kraak.net/index.php/ label/artist/razen
Kim Delcour: schawm, bagpipe, bass flute, reed; Brecht Ameel: santur, monochord, hummel; Pieter Lenaerts: sarangi, 5 string double bass; Paul Garriau: hurdy gurdy
Razen improvises live avant-drones and deep listening experiences. These originated from the desire to play music in an ingenuous way, with old instruments, purely based on sounds. Razen is continuously searching for tone colour shocks and a primitive, hybrid sound alchemy. Influences from Renaissance, Baroque and Medieval music mixed with the world of field recordings and 20th century composers such as Xenakis and Messiaen. Razen focuses on live improvisation, therefore a thorough knowledge of the context in which they perform is ultimately necessary and makes every concert unique.